Yummy Raw Energy Bars

When you want to make some healthy cookies this is one of those go to recipes I like to use to make a delicious treat.

This is a divine little recipe that I have come across a couple of different ways to make these easy healthy cookies. You can choose to skip adding the 3/4 cup of hot water to the mixture and just make them completely raw cookies. I have done it both ways. I just prefer the softer texture of the oats when I use the hot water which softens the oats. Try it both ways and discover which way you like them best. Continue reading

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Nutrition Facts on Meat vs. Beans

Which is healthier?
Which is healthier?

This image tells it all. Beans WIN. We have been taught that we need to eat meat to be healthy.  However, meat is higher in saturated fats, has no fiber, has no more protein than beans, is more expensive, and is a HUGE drain on our resources and our planet! Continue reading

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Your Child and the Food That Feeds the Brain

I shudder when I think of what children are eating these days.

Apple=Brain Food

Apple=Brain Food

We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat”… right?  Our food feeds and nourishes our organs, blood, cells, and yes, our BRAIN.  Think about it? DO you feel sluggish after eating a heavy meal? Vamped up and nervous after a sweet sugary treat?  Children are at the very beautiful time in their life when they are like a sponge for learning.  They can learn faster than they will ever be able to do as an adult. And with the right foods they are amazing! But you feed them the wrong foods and it may hinder their ability to learn and retain knowledge.  It can even affect their IQ.  This is a sobering thought. The good news is you have the power to give them healthier food.

Quest for Knowledge

Quest for Knowledge

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Cowspiracy Documentary

Whenever I find a book or documentary on a subject that I am passionate about, I like to share it.  I saw a screening of Cowspiracy last summer and I met the two producers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn who were touring the country to share their work.

Here is a description about the film:

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

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Video Reviews

Forks over Knives Video

In 2011 Forks Over Knives had its debut and has been a classic on the circuit to show the multitude of benefits of a plant based diet.  It is an informative documentary that shows newbies as well as those of us not so new to the reasons why eating a vegan diet is a good thing.

Check out this powerful 2 minute trailer for Forks Over Knives:

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Melanie Joy

MelanieandmeA couple of years ago I had the opportunity  to attend a lecture by Dr. Melanie Joy at a Vegfest event in Colorado.  I was so impressed by her compassionate message that Melanie travels around the world to share with people.  Melanie is a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and an author of Strategic Action for Animals, and Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.

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Green Tea Benefits

Tea With Leaves

Tea With Leaves

Green tea has to be one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet!  I like getting my antioxidants in my favorite jasmine cups of tea everyday.

This tea has been used medicinally for centuries, and only recently have there been scientific studies being conducted.  These studies are showing promise of the green tea benefits. Continue reading

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Wild Edible Foods

Being a vegnut, I have been learning about the wild edible foods here in Colorado.  This year I discovered edible wild foods right in my own backyard.  For years I’ve been tirelessly pulling out these “weeds” and then I discovered that they are truly amazing little nutritional gems.  Wild foods are often more nutritious than some of our grocery store greens.

Now I am protecting my “weeds” from being eradicated from my yard.  My spouse now knows not to touch the purslane, dandelions, lambs quarters, mallow or plantains growing in the garden.  I enjoy harvesting these little gems every couple of days to add to my morning smoothies, salads, and veggie wraps.  Continue reading

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Vegans and Beekeeping

beeonthistleThere is a debate among vegans concerning bee products.  Most vegans do not want to promote any exploitation of animals, but hearing of the rapidly declining bee populations leaves us with the question “What can we do to help the bees and which stance do we take?”

It can be quite perplexing for a vegan who subsists primarily on food pollinated by bees.

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Germs in the Kitchen

Several years ago I watched a program on TV showing the cross contamination of handling meat in the kitchen.  They showed two or three cooks making a meal and then cleaning up the kitchen.  Then they showed the kitchen with an infrared light which showed the spread of bacteria and germs that were left behind.  Continue reading

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